Alumni Connections

Holiday GOLD Party
Photograph: Rose Lincoln

A GOLDen Night. More than 200 alumni and friends, including (l-r) Mike Leflar '02, Chris Wilkie '02, John Cotter '02, MBA'12, and Katherine Trainor '05, MA'10, gathered at the BC Club in downtown Boston on December 15 for a GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) holiday reception. In addition to celebrating the holidays with one another, attendees viewed a video about the new Light the World campaign and learned how all alumni can build a deeper connection with BC from speakers William Geary '80, campaign co-chair and chair of the Board of Trustees, and Nicole DeBlois '99, co-chair of the Maroon and GOLD young alumni initiative.

Learn more ways you can make a difference as a GOLD alumnus.

The Neenan Challenge Builds Momentum

It should be no surprise to hear that such an iconic BC figure as Fr. William Neenan has rallied the BC community towards meeting the conditions of the Neenan Challenge. Since the challenge began in late November, more than 3,000 new donors have contributed. Today, BC is closing in on its goal of 5,000 new donors, which will net a $500,000 gift from generous donors towards financial aid for deserving students. Will you help Fr. Neenan and BC reach this important goal?

Give here through a secure online giving form.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Day at Men's Basketball — January 10

The Boston College Alumni Association, the Varsity Club, and the Boston Chapter invite you to Alumni Day at Men’s Basketball. This special, alumni-only reception will include traditional tailgate fare, special guest speakers, an appearance by the BC cheerleaders and Baldwin, and much more! The event will include a cash bar.

The reception will be 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Power Gym, followed by BC vs. Miami at 7 p.m. in Conte Forum. The cost is $30 for the reception and game, and $20 for the game alone. Click here to purchase tickets.

Financial Workshop — January 21

Rick Shaffer

For the past 20 years, alumnus Rick Shaffer has hosted The Money Show, one of the longest-running financial/investment radio programs in New England. From 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the new location, Robsham Theater, he will present his "Financial Rules of Thumb Workshop," a 90-minute, live presentation that covers all aspects of consumer and financial issues, and also includes an interactive question and answer period.

Admission to this workshop is free. To reserve a seat, please click here or call 617-552-4700.

Newton College Book Club — February 2

Newton Colege Book Club

All alumni are invited to attend a Newton College Book Club meeting moderated by Professor Judith Wilt, Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture, at Alumni House at 7 p.m. Join the group for an enlightening discussion of In This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, a book by Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University president and social historian, that details the American struggle to comprehend the meaning of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War.

RSVP by January 29 to Julie Nuzzo, NC'74, at 617-552-4577 or Contact Julie for details about participating by conference call.

Laetare Sunday — March 22
This year marks the 58th anniversary of BC’s Laetare Sunday celebration, which will feature Mass at 9:30 a.m., brunch with seating by class, and keynote speaker William Neenan, S.J. Join your classmates for Laetare Sunday—a special liturgical experience that connects us in a distinctive way as graduates of Boston College. Watch for upcoming details in the mail or on the alumni homepage.

Alumni in the News

Carolyn Dever '88

Carolyn Dever '88

Cofounders Greg Boesel, JD'98, MBA'99, and Mark Hexamer, JD'98, MBA'99, along with Jack O'Hurley '08, are successful Internet marketers with, a website allowing users to trade goods with one another. More

Carolyn Dever '88 is the new dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. More

Matt Ryan '07 has been named 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for leading the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs. More

Craig Smith '06 is logging major minutes for the Minnesota Timberwolves since Kevin McHale took over as head coach in mid-December. More

More news stories about alumni

BC Career Center Seeks Alumni Volunteers

The Boston College Career Center is seeking assistance from successful alumni in an effort to support BC undergraduates in their job search efforts. As the country faces challenging financial times, the job market for recent graduates is, and will continue to be, increasingly competitive, say Career Center representatives.

To learn more about how to get involved and give back to the place that supported you as an undergraduate, read this letter (PDF) from the Career Center.

Making a Difference: The Alumni Career Network

Alumni Online Community

In today's difficult economic climate, there might be no better time than now to tap into the Alumni Career Network on the Alumni Online Community. You will find thousands of alumni working in a wide range of occupations available for career advice and assistance. But more are always needed and you are invited to register as a career advisor. Conversely, if you are registered as a career advisor and no longer want to be one, please log into the online community and change your status.

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New Year's Resolution: Voyage with Alumni


In the New Year, the Alumni Association's travel study program is offering an array of exciting adventures, including a journey through Europe, a walking tour of Ireland, and an exploration of Peru's treasures. Discover more.

Winter Wonderland Draws Huge Turnout

Winter Wonderland

William James Mastin, Jr., MS'99, MA'06, and his daughter share a moment with Santa, one of the many entertainers at Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland, the Alumni Association's marquee holiday celebration, attracted more than 1,400 alumni, family, and friends to the Newton Campus on December 13. Event-goers were treated to festivities, including a petting zoo, strolling carolers, crafts, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

View more Winter Wonderland photos.

BC Tech Council Hosts Massachusetts Governor

Governor Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was a guest speaker at a recent Tech Council breakfast.

Established in 2001, the Boston College East Coast Technology Council aims to support BC in its endeavor to be a significant leader in the business of technology. On December 4, the Council hosted a breakfast featuring Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at the BC Club in downtown Boston. The event drew approximately 100 alumni and friends. Patrick discussed the importance of keeping technology companies in Massachusetts, the viability of casinos, and the key relationship between technology and education. Learn more about the Tech Council.

Reconnect: An AHANA Celebration

AHANA Celebration

Join alumni and friends such as Vinay Chadha '04, MS'05, (left) and Jason Clark '04 at the AHANA event in July.

All alumni, students, parents, and friends are welcome to take part in Reconnect: the largest gathering of AHANA alumni, July 17–19, 2009. For registration information, corporate sponsorship opportunities, and all general inquiries, please contact Eva Maynard at

January 2009

In This Issue

The Neenan Challenge
Upcoming Alumni Events
Alumni in the News
Career Center Seeks Volunteers
Alumni Career Network
Alumni Travel Study Program
Winter Wonderland
Boston College Tech Council
AHANA Celebration

BC News

BC at Vanguard of Education Research

BC researchers have released the results of TIMSS 2007, the world's largest assessment of student math and science achievement that surveyed nearly 60 countries, including the United States. Read more.

More campus news.


Defining Success

Six out of the 92 individuals inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing in 2008 were BC alumni. Read more.

More CSON news.

BC Club

BC Club

The BC Club in downtown Boston offers spectacular views, terrific lunch and dinner menus, and a variety of special events. Visit the website for more information.

C21 Corner

C21 Corner

The Church in the 21st Century Center's spring 2009 series will begin in January with the publication of C21 Resources, which will examine the spiritual practices of the Catholic tradition.

C21 Corner

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, C21 Online's winter opportunities for spiritual reflection begin February 2 with the course, "The Creed: What We Believe." Enjoy videos and online discussions at your convenience, 24/7.

BC Hockey and Basketball Tickets on Sale

The BC hockey and basketball teams will be in full swing in January. Purchase tickets to home games at Conte Forum and catch the Eagles in action.

Join Baldwin's Bunch!

				s Bunch

Baldwin the Eagle has a special kid’s club so that your children can celebrate BC and enjoy exclusive benefits! Perks include a Baldwin’s Bunch welcome packet, free tickets for you and your children to select games, private events with Baldwin and BC athletes, and many more exciting opportunities! Join now.

A Campus Calendar

Interested in coming back to campus? Check out what is happening on the Heights in January. More

Alumni Medical Insurance Program

The Alumni Association sponsors both short term and permanent medical insurance for those who need temporary coverage or need to purchase individual insurance. Products are available for new graduates waiting to begin a new job, self-employed workers, freelancers, and virtually anyone searching for coverage. For more information about plans available in your state, call 800-635-7801 or visit the website.

Discounted Insurance from Liberty Mutual

The Boston College Alumni Association and Liberty Mutual are pleased to announce a program called Group Savings Plus. BC alumni can now enjoy group discounts on auto and homeowners insurance. Liberty Mutual also offers a multi-policy discount on homeowners insurance when you insure your auto with them. Learn if you could save money by starting a quote on the website, or by calling 1-888-393-GOBC.

Win a Chance to Cheer on the BC Eagles!

Enter your child's youth sports team for the chance to become the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Team of the Game. If you win, your team will receive tickets to a BC Eagles basketball game! For more information, visit the website.

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